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Lincoln nets shootout win over East Greenwich, advances to Wednesday's Div. II semifinals

November 3, 2013

LINCOLN — Like most coaches, Lincoln High chief John D’Aloisio admitted being more relieved than thrilled after his club celebrated an incredibly well-played, physical but nonetheless thrilling 2-1 shootout victory over East Greenwich in a R.I. Division Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday night.
“You really can’t enjoy it until the whole thing is finished,” he confessed with a smile, referring to the fact his Lions still need to furnish two triumphs to capture the state title in which they’ve all been longing.

Late TD helps Clippers take 14-7 thriller with Raiders

November 1, 2013

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PAWTUCKET – Cumberland High took advantage of a crucial pass interference call with three minutes left in Friday night’s game and scored the winning touchdown with 79 seconds left in what became a perilous 14-7 victory over a gallant Shea team that deserved a better fate.

RIC awaits challenge of facing PC in exhibition play

November 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Earlier this week, Bob Walsh took in a Providence College practice at Alumni Hall.

What did the Rhode Island College head coach glean in advance of Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. exhibition tilt between the Friars and the Anchormen at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center?

“They’re much deeper as far as talent goes, and they have a lot of offensive weapons,” said Walsh when reached Friday. “The guys that the Friars have added – Brandon Austin, Carson Desrosiers, Tyler Harris – they’re all long.

Another week, another big test for St. Raphael football team

October 31, 2013

PAWTUCKET -- St. Raphael Academy veteran chief Mike Sassi, his assistants and his gridders have spent hours in front of game films this week in preparation of what could be their most difficult foe thus far in North Kingstown.

When the Saints meet the Skippers in a critical Division II-B bash at 2 p.m., Saturday at Pariseau Field, Sassi’s defense will be trying to halt an uptempo, no-huddle offense that has registered 245 points while compiling a 6-1 overall record and 202 while going 4-1 mark in league action.

Sassi’s crew will enter at 3-3 overall and 3-2 in II-B.

Ex-PawSox skipper Beyeler is a repeat champ

October 31, 2013

BOSTON – Wherever Arnie Beyeler goes, championships seem to follow.

One year after piloting the Pawtucket Red Sox to their first Governors’ Cup championship in 28 years, Beyeler received a promotion as the longtime minor-league manager joined the Boston Red Sox as the team’s first-base coach.

Just like that memorable September night when the PawSox celebrated the night away in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Beyeler found himself smack dab in the middle of another champagne-drenched celebration, this one taking place on a much brighter stage.

New champs are ‘in good shape’ moving forward

October 30, 2013

BOSTON – Whenever a season winds down, the inclination is to stare into a crystal ball, hoping that it will reveal answers regarding the future.

‘Big Hurt’ impressed by Big Papi’s success

October 30, 2013

BOSTON – In the eyes of Frank Thomas, David Ortiz didn’t become the top designated hitter on the planet purely by accident.

“To have success at that position, you’ve got to work on a lot of things during the game that people don’t see,” explained Thomas while watching the Red Sox take batting practice prior to Game 6 of the World Series. “You’ve got to stay mentally focused and you’ve got to stay loose to get up there and jump into a ballgame like you’re 100 percent ready to go.”

Sentinels’ late strike ousts Clippers from Div. II semis

October 30, 2013

EAST GREENWICH — When one of her players asked Cumberland High head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello how her baby was surviving the early moments of a battle between the Clippers and Smithfield on Wednesday night, the elder replied, “Pretty good, I think.”
Immediately after the second-ranked Sentinels had roared to an incredible 3-2 victory in this R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal at Nick Carcieri Field, Capone-Bello kept the same sense of humor, though looked sad doing so.

'Own goal' allows Central Falls to bounce Tolman from Division I boys' soccer playoffs

October 29, 2013

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CENTRAL FALLS – The Tolman-Central Falls playoff game appeared headed to a shootout for the longest time on Tuesday night. The favored Warriors were having a hard time scoring against Tolman keeper Adam Ghazal, arguably the best goalie in the state.

McGair: Born-again Big East still contains plenty of coaching starpower

October 27, 2013

For years, the names rolled off your tongue so effortlessly that it felt like you were on a first-name basis with them. Everything felt so warm and reassuring when discussing certain Big East coaches that mentioning them in the same breath as death and taxes was perfectly acceptable.

Nothing is certain but death and taxes – along with Jim Boeheim coaching at Syracuse. Ditto Jim Calhoun at Connecticut, Rick Pitino at Louisville and Mike Brey at Notre Dame.

 

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